State of Kerala Local Customs

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State of Kerala Local Customs

  • Attukal Ponkala

    This ritual is very important in town. The area around the temple within a radius of about 2kms will be totally occupied by local women, setting up cooking facility, cooking rice and jaggery as an offering to the goddess. This is practiced by women to get the blessing for the family. Think about ten thousands of women occupying the main street,...

  • East Fort area - Trivandrum City

    East fort got its name from the eastern entrance to the fort built by the Kings of Travancore. The old city was all inside the fort on four sides with the Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple at the center. It is said that there were huge metal gates on this entrance to the Fort which was decorated with the symbol of a conch, which was the isignia of the...

  • Ayurveda-The way of life to better...

    AYURVEDA Detailed View Useful Drugs Ayurveda is a branch (Upaveda) of Atharvana Veda which deals with natural curing of diseases, including chronic. As the name 'Ayuh' suggests it denotes the lifetime of a man and suggests remedies to increase his span of it. It is our ancestral treasure and the oldest existing health care and is a heritage of...

  • YOGA- a perfect system for body, mind &...

    Everybody wants to have better health, without diseases. Though peoples are taking precautionary measures, sometimes they get and suffer from diseases. City life has become more conjusted and unhygienic. In these circumstances, Asanas help you to keep your health and mental alertness in good condition. The Asanas (a few important Physical postures)...

  • secret is in the eyes

    Kathakali performance is a traditional keralan mime act. The show started with the performers sitting on stage putting on their make up, then an introduction is given and explanation of what is going on. The performers do not speak but communicate through facial expressions and in particular the eyes. The audience were given a fact sheet so we...

  • Fishing kerala style

    The fishermen on the beaches of kerala are very hard working and traditional. The nets were put far out to sea and slowly hauled in. The 2 groups of fishermen would start off about 3 hundred metres apart and as the net came closer to the shore they would be feet apart, They sang whilst they were pulling the nets in and as it came near the beach 1or...

  • Guruvayoor Temple

    This is one of the most important shrines in south India.It is situated in Guruvayoor town close to the city of Trichur in Central Kerala.

  • Remove your shoes

    In kerala before entering a religious place, it is expected that you remove your footwear. There would be vendors who would keep your footwear in safe custody till you return for a fee of Rs.2 /- . Even when visiting someone's home it is better to ask the person whether you need to remove your shoes before entering. It is more due to the climate of...

  • floral patterns 'athappookkalam'

    During Onam keralites pay homage to Mahabali by creating a small floral pattern on the floor.The base is prepared using mud and cow dung on which flowers are stuck .the flowers are changed every day and on the tenth day 'thiruvonam' there is usually a grand feast, traditional dances ,traditional games . After a short prayer and offering of rice...

  • yes it is christian

    These little chapels may be found elsewhere in India where there is a Christian community, but it was in Ernakulum that I found this one. The images are Christian but the garlands and offerings are Hindu.

  • School pens!!!!

    Whenever you encounter school age children around the resorts and sights, it won't be long before you hear the words/request : "school pens"? and you'll soon be surrounded by a crowd, with outstretched hands and hopeful faces!Although Kerala can boast nearly 100% literacy in its young adults, it still remains one of the poorest states in...

  • Wear Saree

    Ladies,You will have to wear a saree\setumundu veshti , if you are planning to visit those famous temples like Sreepadmanabha Temple, Guruvayoor Temple etc..The pic shows,One lady in Saree, Another in Set mundu (Veshti neryathu)The man in Veshti and Melmundu

  • Say Namaste

    When You are planning to visit a temple in Kerala you must carry a 'Veshti" ( Dhoti in Hindi) with you , since some Temples in Kerala wont allow you to go inside with a Jeans\Trousers etc..One more thing is that you will have to remove your shirt when you enter a temple in Kerala.In kerala peple always prefer a Namaste than a shakehand , especially...

  • Alcohol......Under cover drinking!

    The laws on alcohol consumption in Kerala can be a bit confusing at times. Officially it's not to be consumed in public places, or places not designated for drinking! think this means bars...Some places have put a ban on alcohol, due to accidents, such as drowning after consumption of...In Kovalams bars and restaurants beer is served, but often...

  • Hygiene

    There might be many things that would not be to ur liking, for example things about general civic sense and food habits, dont act snooty and dont crib about the way the locals behave or live, cos this is how life started, this is the way it was supposed to be, before ur commodes, table manners and etiquttes came into place. This is natural, if ur...

  • Elephant Bell and hair

    Before I got to ride this guy I didn't realize that elephants had hair! LOL Seems funny that I didn't know that. But I thought they just had really thick skin. Their hair is very prickly too. I loved the sound of the bell as we rambled along through the forest/jungle on my ride.

  • Smashing Coconut Shells

    You can watch ladies smashing coconut shells and then spinning the coir into rope! I had wonderful smiles with this lady each day as I think she was the mother of the lady that owned the house that I rented a room in. She didn't speak English and I could only greet her ( Na mas karam) in Malayalam so we just smiled most of the time.

  • Working the boats

    Most of the produce in the area is shipped by boat, barge, or something that floats. I loved watching these boats glide through the Jellyfish infested backwaters of Kerala!!

  • Temple entry

    Generally, entry to the Hindu temples are resticted to Hindus only in Kerala. This is not the case in other parts of the India. Although temples are becoming commercialized and some temples allow foreigners inside, it is better to observe the rules of the temple. Even if foreigners are allowed to enter the temple compound, it is rare that they can...

  • Backwaters Communities

    It was very interesting to have someone speak pretty frankly about the caste system and how it functions in rural communities in Kerala. Thomas pointed out the sections in his village which were home to families based on profession and thus status. He also explained that it was easier today for the second son in some families (his own being an...

  • Literacy in Kerala

    Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India ~ 92% in the state, compared to 47% in Bihar. The state language is Malayalam, but I found a polished level of English almost everywhere I went. Compared to the rest of the country, women also enjoy a higher level of status and respect ~ the ancient Malayalee had a matrilineal system where property was...

  • Backwaters Communities

    Thomas, our host during our backwaters stay, took us on both a walking tour through the village of Chennamkari and a dug-out canoe tour through some of the neighbouring canals and villages. In addition to simply describing life in the village, Thomas answered all the questions that came up from our group of ten.

  • Religion in Kerala

    Including smaller numbers of other religions, Kerala is said to be approximately 25% Christian, 60% Hindu and 15% Muslim. As through the rest of the country, in many places Hinduism has influenced its neighbouring religions ~ you'll find Christians performing puja rituals at church, similarly to in a temple (offering incense, food and sometimes...

  • Local Washer And Dryer

    For those of you who like to hand their laundry to someone else to do. This is where you might find your underwear drying while walking through the back areas. There are very few actual washing machines. Most of your clothes will be beat on a rock then layed out on the ground to dry in the sun.

  • Tourism

    Be aware that Kovalum has only relatively recently become a tourist area. Its probably even worse now, but when we were there, there was very much a sense that the local people were a little unhappy about the new tourist hotspot in their area.

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